The Jewish View

Parshat Bechukotai
BY Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
May 15, 2014

What is the truest definition of freedom? I believe that an exploration of a difference of interpretation between two Talmudic sages on a phrase in our Torah portion will shed a great deal of light on this fundamental existential question. Commenting on the verse that submits that if the nation walks in God’s ways, He CONTINUE »

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Parshat Behar
BY Rabbi Nitzan Bergman
May 8, 2014

The deepest existential question we all ask is, if G-d created us and He is all good, then why is there pain and suffering? We are born without having chosen it and forced into a life that contains difficulties and setbacks that are unwanted and undeserved, and that makes it cruel. Some of us ask CONTINUE »

Parshat Emor
BY Natan Gamliel
May 1, 2014

After listing many other rules to help keep the Jewish people pure, Parshat Emor concludes by telling us about a man who blasphemes God. All those who heard him blaspheme God are to put their hands on his head and then stone him. God explains that anyone who commits blasphemy should be put to death CONTINUE »

Parshat Emor
BY Jeremy Cohen
May 1, 2014

This week’s Torah portion, Parshat Emor, contains a well-known verse allocating punishment on the level of “fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth.” This verse has been mistakenly associated with the brutal image of torn-off limbs, ripped-out eyes and a lot of blood. Luckily, as Jewish people, we do not generally believe that CONTINUE »

Parshat Kedoshim
BY Daryn Levine
April 24, 2014

Who are we as individuals? Who are we as a people? What makes us who we are? The answer is simple: our choices and our actions. As a civil society, we need rules to function. You can’t have a community with people doing whatever they want without any guidelines. This Shabbat, we read Parshat Kedoshim, CONTINUE »